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What if your imaging team could access expert support for complex procedures and protocols whenever they need it?

Qualified imaging technologists and tech managers are already in short supply – and the forecast for meeting the increasing demand is not optimistic.1 To make things worse, training programs are not filling the funnel with new techs.

 

What if you could provide the expert diagnostic quality support your team needs – on demand – exactly when they need it? What if you could offer greater access to care by extending your team rather than expanding it? And what if you could take advantage of expert clinical consults and diagnoses in closed environments such as COVID wards, without summoning those high-demand specialists to the bedside? 

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At a glance

Challenge


Complex protocols and advanced imaging cases call for experienced technologist support. But specialist expertise is not always on premise – or on duty  – when you need it. Physical distance not only separates imaging teams from expert guidance, but too often also keeps patients from accessing expert care. With experience and expertise at a premium, imaging teams need ways to make those skills go further.

Results

 

  • More expert support and guidance, and accelerated training on demand for imaging teams
  • Greater access to care for patients
  • More standardized, consistent care across multiple locations
  • More capacity for care teams, with flexible mobile device communication*
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Imaging teams are under more and more pressure

 

Up to 50% of radiography programs are not fully enrolled2, and workforce shortages have strained radiology services while the need for imaging studies continues to grow.3

 

You’re living this every day. Increasing demands of care systems put added pressure on already-stretched imaging teams. The complexity of technology and cases makes challenges with staffing, skill variability and quality standardization more apparent than ever.

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technologists want more on the job training
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lead technologists want more imaging protocol standardization
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imaging respondents believe an imaging telepresence solution would add value

How care transforms when physical distance is no longer an obstacle


Now a technologist can receive expert guidance in real time during a procedure, even if the technologist and expert are on separate floors, in separate buildings, or thousands of miles apart. The less time clinical experts need to spend traveling between the locations they support, the more time they can devote to performing the specialized capabilities for which they’ve trained.
I love the fact that every time I see a connection, I know that I'm improving quality and consistency and the fundamental principle of ‘let's get the exam right the first time’.... This is really one of the most quality-focused, impactful tools that we've had.”

Dr. Lawrence Tanenbaum

VP, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Advanced Imaging, RadNet, Inc., U.S.

Expand access to care


Patients – whether in rural areas, in quarantine conditions, or with limited mobility – can benefit from greater access to expert care. When imaging providers can offer complex procedures at more locations, closer to where patients live, and at more flexible hours it means less hassle and more convenience for patients. It's made possible by the confidence that trained experts are available on demand to provide “over-the-shoulder” support as if physically present. 

Results


Remote expert support is changing what’s possible with imaging today. See the success that Perinatal Associates of New Mexico is having with tele-ultrasound.

100%

of ultrasound patient consultations could be conducted using tele-health in this study5

100%

of patients felt they had better access to healthcare through tele-health in this study5

90%

of tele-ultrasound consultations were equivalent to an in-person visit, based on physician assessment5

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At a glance

Challenge

Complex protocols and advanced imaging cases call for experienced technologist support. But specialist expertise is not always on premise – or on duty  – when you need it. Physical distance not only separates imaging teams from expert guidance, but too often also keeps patients from accessing expert care. With experience and expertise at a premium, imaging teams need ways to make those skills go further.

Results

  • More access to on-demand experts for real-time remote clinical diagnosis* with remote system control, decision support on complex exams and  accelerated training on demand for imaging teams
  • Greater access to care for patients
  • More standardized, consistent care across multiple locations
  • More capacity for care teams, with flexible mobile device communication*

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    Results presented are for illustrative purposes only and are not predictive of actual results for your business.

     

    1. In a 2016 study by the Advisory Board, 28% of imaging departments surveyed reported being understaffed, with an annual uptick in vacancy rates for all imaging modalities since 2013. Imaging’s System Advantage: Five goals for achieving systemness in imaging, Advisory Board Company, 2016.

    2. “Enrollment snapshot of Radiography, Radiation Therapy and Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs-2017.” American Society of Radiologic Technologists. www.asrt.org/docs/defaultsource/research/enrollment snapshot/enrollment_snapshot_2017.pdf

    3. C. Silvestrin. Europe’s looming radiology capacity challenge. TMC. November 9, 2016.

    4. IDR Medical. “ROCC Concept Assessment.” 05 May 2020.

    5. Prospective study of 30 subjects undergoing routine obstetric ultrasound imaging, New Mexico, USA.  Michael S. Ruma, et al., The Use of a Novel Telemedicine Tool in Perinatology [abstract].  30th ISUOG World Congress, 2020.

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